When people see Cecile Laing ferry her young charges to school or swimming, many assume she's a babysitter. But there's a bit more to it.
Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get the right TAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nations convoluted childcare system.
Call for childcare services to operate centres round-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide childcare survey.
If you want to choose the right preschool for your child you need to ask the right questions as well as listen to your gut, writes Josefa Pete.
A quality pre-school education for all Australian children could be under threat after the Federal Government failed to commit funds to the sector in last week's budget.
Children who draw before they tackle writing tasks produce better writing.
'School readiness' programs are increasing in popularity for preschool-age children where they learn everything from basic literacy and numeracy to how to hold a pencil.
A growing number of parents are switching on to the idea of encouraging their children to switch off, with benefits found to include improved behaviour, attention, sleep patterns and performance in school.
Children are natural philosophers. Ask anyone who has encountered a three-year old constantly asking the question “Why?” Yet how often do we encourage the questions children ask and really take the time to further develop the ensuing discussion?
Free preschools for all children need to be offered in Australia if we are to compete economically with other developed countries, says leading international early childhood education expert.
Many parents are concerned their toddlers spend too much time in front of a computer screen, but new research shows children might be learning while playing.